Actor Anson Mount

Celebrity Q&A, People
on October 27, 2011

Is Anson Mount anything like the rugged Civil War veteran he plays in AMC's Hell on Wheels?
—Ramon Sanchez, Austin, Texas

Mount, 38, from White Bluff, Tenn., remembers playing cowboy as a little boy, complete with a hat, sheriff's badge and little plastic six-shooter around his hip. But he says he's the opposite of his character on Hell On Wheels, a Confederate soldier with a quest for vengeance.

"My friends laugh when they see this," he says. "I am a goofball. I have my poker game with my buddies, I like science fiction, and I took all the accelerated classes in school. I am kind of a dork. I don't put on any tough-guy pretensions. I have gotten beat down in a bar fight before, but I studied a lot of [Clint] Eastwood for this role."